In addition, a prince that strays from generosity will be regarded as a miser. While stinginess might lead to shame, generosity will lead to contempt. Therefore, a prince should avoid being benevolent and, instead, treat his subjects with a reluctance to assist. As a parsimonious leader, a prince will have plenty of money for defending his state and embarking on tasks that will not burden his people. He will be perceived as generous to those he does not take from, the majority, and perceived as miserly to he does not take from, the few.
Respect (A Discussion on Chivalry used in The Green Knight and Morte D’Arthur.) Chivalry is code of conduct used by knights, and heroes of the past. “Chivalry, the order of knighthood and, especially, the code of knightly behavior that was a feature of the High and later Middle Ages in western Europe”(Funk). Along with this idea of Chivalry, Feudalism was used in Europe as well. Feudalism is the system of both government and land ownership, where in exchange for a nobleman 's oath of loyalty, a king would grant them land.
Don Quixote of La Mancha has a great passion for knighthood/chivalry. Quixote reads books about chivalry and knighthood, and he believes every word in these books to be true. His dedication to become a knight is astounding. Quixote 's idealism is shown as he believes more in fantasy than reality. Don Quixote: “...
Arthur, the king of Camelot, has become a kind of mentor for Sir Gawain. Arthur’s teachings and customs had made his knights serve him with honor. In the beginning of the medieval romance, Gawain has accepted the task from the Green Knight for Arthur and Camelot. Although he has blood ties with Arthur and has a high status among the knights at the Round Table, Gawain reveals that he is the weakest among Arthur’s knights. He accepts because he is devoted to Arthur and has great respect for him.
Nature vs Nurture - The Trials of Sir Gawain All people govern themselves by an internal set of morals, often in relation to religious and spiritual beliefs. Whether positive or nefarious, intrinsic values often influence the decisions and actions humans make. These personal dogmas, in medieval times, manifested for knights as a code of honor. The feudal-style society of medieval era embraced ideas of loyalty to an individual 's ruler, uniquely molding a culture in which the upper class acted nobly to boost reputation and standing. The knight’s code stood as the axiom by which all knights measured their conduct, a guideline to becoming a great paladin.
There was once a time where knights were meant to be the epitome of chivalry; they symbolized honor, courage, justice and much more. However, not every knight matched the narrative of what a true knight should be. One way to teach people a certain value is through exemplary texts such as, “The wedding of King Arthur”. This story uses the knights and their actions to instruct the reader to be honorable by punishing the, shameful, dishonorable knights while rewarding the true and honorable one hence, guiding the reader towards a more honorable path. Sir Gawain does not show mercy to a defeated foe and is punished for it.
Reaffirming the aforementioned idea that Lancelot is the greatest knight in Camelot. The relationship between Lancelot and Guinevere is mentioned in the writing; however, it is only briefly discussed potentially meaning that Malory did not want to tarnish Lancelot’s reputation. Throughout Malory describing what happened between Lancelot and Guinevere it seems like Malory is defending Lancelot’s actions. A possible reason that Malory does this is to protect Lancelot’s image
Beowulf introduces himself to King Hrothgar and shows his commitment unto his lord, Lord Hygelac: “We belong by birth to the Geat people / and owe allegiance to Lord Hygelac. / In his day, my father was [is] a famous man, a noble warrior-lord name Ecgtheow.” (Beowulf 260-63). Beowulf seems to believe he must continue his father’s legacy under the service of Lord Hygelac. He and his people come to defeat Grendel to show great allegiance their lord who sent them. Moreover, Beowulf speaks on the way he will defeat Grendel to honor Hygelac even
During the Medieval times chivalry was one of the most important characteristics a knight could display. Chivalry was viewed as a moral obligation that involved bravery, honor, respect, and gallantry. Knights were expected to uphold this code or face social consequences for any infractions, with punishments ranging from humiliation to termination of their knighthood. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” presents the struggles knights faced with honoring the chivalrous code at all times. Sir Gawain, while imperfect, exhibits qualities expected of knights and embodies the internal struggle between honoring the chivalrous code and giving into selfish desires.
So the warrior would have to do something that would let his memory be passed on. This society was based on the qualities of courage, being amicable, and the biggest quality of all was loyalty.Even though, for the last battle of Beowulf the all left him alone with the monster except for Wiglaf. He is a very brave man but has flaws and temptations that become his downfall. Although, he was adulated by everyone for killing the monster, he knew that he was a bad king to his kingdom and wanted to make up for it by killing getting the treasure and giving it to the kingdom. In Beowulf, there were similarities and differences between the humanity